Studies show that when you neglect it, you can fall victim to depression. Read this article and find out.
Depression is not a joke. Mirian Aguirre in her article What is depression and how to help a friend who suffers from it ?, says: “Clinical depression is a mental illness characterized by causing feelings of extreme sadness and dejection, hopelessness and despair”, and continues, “… affects the body, spirit and thoughts.”
You may not know that there are two types of depression: endogenous and exogenous; the first is caused by our body, that is, there is no external or environmental reason that causes it, and it is of such intensity that it can lead to suicide; the second has its “roots” in foreign situations, an example of this may be the breakdown of a relationship or the loss of a job, to give a couple of examples.
Something that is on the rise in these times is that children can become involuntary victims of this disease, but because of their age they do not clearly understand what is happening to them. So our role, as parents, must be on the alert, in order to detect any change in the mood of our children, take action and cut the problem from its strain.
Whatever the case, it is appropriate to go to the psychologist, who will be able to determine what type of depression it is and if it is endogenous, refer it to the psychiatrist, and start the appropriate medical treatment. If it is an exogenous depression, the situation may become more manageable, although not simpler.
I would dare to say that much of the blame for depression being one of many modern evils is the lifestyle and eating habits we have; We live longer at work, eating whatever we have on hand, either from the vending machine or the cafeteria, while the relationship with our partner gets out of hand and the love of our children goes out the window. that, in search of affection, they get imitations of love or friendship, and when we want to recover what matters most, sometimes, it is too late.
Some medical studies indicate that it is possible to overcome mild or exogenous depression without resorting to medications. They show that, through proper nutrition, depression can disappear, because if the right nutrients are consumed, they will effectively help in the synthesis of neurotransmitters (substances that participate in neuronal signaling and nerve transmission), such as chocolate, which helps the neuronal secretion of SEROTONIN, which is directly linked by its absence in cases of depression.
Taking into account the above, it is logical that now we want to have, together with our loved ones, a healthy diet and avoid depression, obesity and stress as a family.
Because of all this, I list some foods that, when consumed with a certain frequency and without exaggeration, could help our body to be healthier and more balanced and, therefore, to have a good quality of life:
Fish such as tuna or salmon and their derivatives are rich in fatty acids and omega-3, essential to help the brain function in a more controlled way.
Brewer’s yeast, oatmeal, and brown rice are sources of high concentrations of the B complex, as well as folic acid, which is literally brain food; In addition, brown rice gradually releases glucose into the bloodstream, thus avoiding sugar crashes and, with it, mood swings.
Cabbage, lettuce, garlic, soybeans, chickpeas and asparagus are considered powerful natural painkillers, since they have been used to treat depression and mental disorders since ancient times.
Fruits, especially those rich in vitamin C, such as kiwi, orange and lemon, as well as pineapple, banana and apple are used to make a homemade medicinal mixture with milk and honey.
Spices such as ginger and chili, because they are rich in capsaicin, a component that stimulates the production of endorphins, known as “hormones of happiness.”
In the same way, it is appropriate to bear in mind that caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and foods high in fat and sugar should be avoided.
In addition to chocolate, carbohydrates are important for maintaining a good mood, as they help keep tryptophan (amino acid that helps the brain produce serotonin) levels high; yes, try to stay away from refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, pasta or rice.
Finally, but very effective to get away from mild or exogenous depression, is to spend time with the family enjoying the sun in moderation, as this helps a better absorption of calcium; Also consider exercising, as it improves blood flow to the brain and enhances mental activity. Above all, remember to laugh whenever you can, because it brightens life and helps to see the wonders that surround us.